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>> you guys are great. that's it for today. we'll be back next week because if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." pennsylvania state lawmakers are returning from their summer break today. one of the first items on their agenda, the cigarette tax that may impact your child's education. a pregnant woman killed in a hail of gunfire on a street as police look for her killer. hospital officials say her baby is clinging to life. a live look this morning from center city. 56 degrees. that is not a typo. there is a chill in the air as you walk out the door this morning. very fall-like. in fact, we're looking at below-average temperatures all this week. good morning. welcome to "nbc 10 news today" on this early monday morning. i'm chris cato, and let's begin with meteorologist brittney
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shipp. what a gorgeous sunday we had. we'll have a repeat of today, right? >> we will. temperatures will stay below average once again, so it will feel like fall already this entire week. we look outside right now, clear skies. we'll see mostly sunny skies heading into the start of your monday. a look at our cool start around the region. 41 degrees. we're only in the mid-40s in allentown, 45 degrees in quakertown, 49 in doylestown. temperatures in mt. holly this morning at 47 degrees. 49 in clayton, 51 in wrights town. temperatures closer to the shore at 58. and we're at 53 degrees in delaware city. and as we push into the rest of your morning hours, expect a cooler start. so you need a light jacket when you head out the door, but our temperatures today will stay in the mid-70s. i'll go over all the details on your forecast coming up in just a bit, but for now, let's check in with katie with traffic. >> it's pretty clear this morning. no accidents to report on any of the majors. this is a live look at 95 right at broad street, where you can
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see traffic in both directions is moving pretty good. so, you're not going to have any issues on our area's majors. there is some construction as we head west from what i just showed you, in upper merion, south gulph road between church road and hayley jackson way. the alternate is henderson road. there is a downed pole and police activity out there cleaning that up. also in upper merion -- let's actually go to the next one. 422 eastbound. the ramps to and from armand hammer boulevard, they are closed through november, so you're going to want to avoid that area. and this is a live look at route 22 at 309, up in the lehigh valley. things are looking great. 78 is good as well and your area bridges look good also. chris? happening today, pennsylvania's legislature returns from summer break facing a major issue, funding for the philadelphia school district. now, lawmakers are being pressed to pass a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city to offset a budget shortfall. nbc 10's jesse gary is live outside school district headquarters this morning. jesse, officials say this tax has to pass for philadelphia
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schools to stay afloat. >> reporter: chris, that's right. officials here say the need is so great, the deficit so deep, they really don't have a plan "b" if the legislature fails to act. schools opened on time this year due to a combination of district cuts, money from governor tom corbett and a promise of more funding from a cigarette tax, but the district still faces a shortfall and needs state lawmakers to pass a $2-per-pack tax in philadelphia. district officials say failure would trigger what they call a nuclear option. >> now we have to have layoff employees in schools. we have to cut resources in schools. and a lot of things might happen that may end up actually opening up this whole conversation whether we can move forward with a full school year or not. >> reporter: and district officials say if this goes
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sideways or south, it could be forced to close schools as soon as christmas. now, coming up at 4:30, we'll talk about some of the political wrangling that will start today in harrisburg to try and make sure that nuclear option does not happen. we're live outside district headquarters in center city this morning, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. chris? one life taken, another in the balance. philadelphia police are still trying to find the person who shot and killed a pregnant woman and left her baby in critical condition after an emergency delivery. nbc 10's matt delucia's live outside temple university hospital in north philadelphia. matt? >> reporter: yeah, chris, good morning. we just checked with the hospital, and that baby boy is still in critical condition at this hour. doctors rushed to save him with that emergency c-section. meanwhile, neighbors in that frankford neighborhood where that baby's mother was shot and killed, well, they are remembering her this morning. candles mark the spot where 26-year-old megan doto was shot yesterday, near the corner of adams avenue and griscom street. philadelphia police tell us
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someone fired several shots down the street, adding that a man close to where doto was sitting may have been the intended target. doto was rushed here to temple university hospital, eight months pregnant. doctors made the decision to rescue the unborn child, who doto wanted to name carmine. doto died shortly thereafter. and as that memorial grows at the spot where bullets came flying, neighbors in that neighborhood say the fact that the shooter is still out there and an innocent victim is dead, they aren't taking any chances. >> i saw her lay down bleeding. i turned back, because you know, i couldn't do nothing. >> i'm worried about them coming back and doing this again. i'm telling all my neighbors, try to keep their kids in the house because i think it's going to happen again. >> reporter: and police this morning are still searching for a vehicle. the suspect's vehicle believed to be an impala or a crown victoria, light in color. and as far as an exact motive, well, detectives are still trying to figure that out. live at temple university
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hospital this morning, i'm matt delucia, nbc 10 news. >> all right, matt. happening today in montgomery county, trial is set to begin for the man who's accused of murdering a 10-month-old baby and her grandmother. he is defending himself in the case. he fired his attorneys. he faces the death penalty if convicted of the two murders. police say in october 2012, yandamuri kidnapped the baby from king of prussia, stabbing the grandmother to death when she tried to protect the baby. police say he knew the family and planned to hold the girl for ransom to get money to pay off gambling debt. the baby was found dead four days later. and the search continues this morning for a hit-and-run driver who left two delaware teenagers in critical condition. wilmington police say the boys were riding dirt bikes when they collided with an suv at the intersection of "a" and townsend streets yesterday. the driver took off from the scene. >> i was frightened for the kids. and then to be told that somebody hit them and kept going, it's crazy. it's pathetic, you know. and i hope they have some kind
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of compassion and just go turn themselves in and do the right thing. >> again, those teen boys are in critical condition. police are looking for a black or dark blue suv similar to a chevy tahoe or gmc yukon. it should have damage on the right-front side. the pennsylvania state trooper who was injured in the ambush that took the life of his fellow trooper is now conscious and talking in the hospital. corporal bryon dickson was killed in that shooting outside state police barracks in pike county late friday night. trooper alex douglass underwent surgery last night and is said to be alert and talking. the officers were ambushed as one of them was leaving the barracks and the other was arriving. the parking lot of a local church there is now a mobile command center for state police. they're still looking for the person or people responsible for the shootings. now we're hearing the just-released 911 calls by paramedics over the scene in a helicopter. >> under fire! we are moving the landing zone to the middle school!
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>> received reports that you are under fire. >> now, state police say that's the communication between a medical chopper that was looking for a landing area and pike county 911. they now say the helicopter was not taking fire. that had been a source of confusion. troopers are checking nearby businesses for surveillance video that could help them find the shooter. >> they took a look, and you know, we're not really sure what they seen, if anything, that helped them, but you know, there wasn't -- it's pretty dark up here at night, so. >> now, the reward for information leading to an arrest in this case has grown to $50,000. that provided by crimestoppers. we're continuing to follow this developing story. for realtime updates on the search for the shooter, you can go to our website, and in a different case, a pennsylvania state trooper is recovering after an suv slammed into his patrol car on the schuylkill expressway. it happened yesterday morning in the eastbound lane near montgomery drive. troopers had pulled over a car
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for suspected dui in the left lane. that's when an suv rear-ended the patrol car. the trooper had minor injuries. authorities in south jersey are trying to track down two inmates who escaped from a detention center over the weekend. 18-year-old hakeem walls and 20-year-old jermaine jackson got away from the cumberland county juvenile detention center in hopewell township saturday night. officials say those two young men and a juvenile overpowered a guard and ran away. the juvenile was picked up by police a short time later. walls and jackson are still on the loose this morning. happening today, new jersey governor chris christie's going to meet with new york governor andrew cuomo and new york city mayor bill de blasio and the department of homeland security. this is all part of an effort to meet the new jersey/new york region safer. numerous law enforcement agencies will take part in the day-long meeting in new york. we'll let you know what comes out of that meeting. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist brittney shipp. >> good morning. fall-like temperatures will
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continue to settle in for us as we head into next week, so expect the 70s to stick around. it's also a cool start to the morning. plenty of sunshine expected for you on this monday, and then fall-like temperatures for us, at least the next week or so. right now in philadelphia, 54 degrees. our humidity's at 77%. wind speeds out of the north-northwest at 7 miles per hour. clear visibility. not dealing with a windchill or anything this morning, but you definitely will need a jacket when you head out the door, especially if you're closer to our southern locations. allentown only 45 degrees this morning. 47 in pottstown. 47 degrees in reading. low 40s here in the poconos. staying warmer, of course, along the shore, 52 degrees, and dover 50 degrees right now at the atlantic city airport. our 24-hour temperature change map shows that we're seeing similar conditions to yesterday. so, it was a cool start yesterday morning, but it's even cooler, about four degrees cooler in pottstown, five in mt. pocono and five degrees cooler in atlantic city. all is quiet on our radar shot.
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satellite shows us that numbers seeing just a few clouds and we'll see plenty of sunshine for your monday. we are going to see high pressure building right over our region, but we are also going to see another chance of showers. that's not going to be until we head into tomorrow. so, as far as today is concerned, you'll notice clear skies, just a few high, thin, passing clouds, and then we'll continue to see the clouds increasing into your overnight hours, closer to 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. that's when we'll start with our chance of showers, and that's going to linger into your morning commute as we push into your tuesday. as far as today is concerned, our temperatures will range between 73 and 76 degrees after a cool start. we'll see mostly sunny skies. i'll have your seven-day forecast, coming up. there could be some rain for your morning drive tomorrow morning, but this morning the skies are all clear, and hopefully, the roads are, too. nbc 10's katy zachry will bring us up to speed. >> hi, chris. roads are all clear at this hour, which is great if you're getting an early start to your drive. there is construction to tell you about. pennsylvania turnpike westbound.
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this is approaching the willow grove exit, exit 343. the left and center lanes are blocked. that's expected to be lifting in the next hour, but just be aware of that if you're headed in that direction. also some construction on 95 right where it hits 295. this is 95 southbound. the right lane is blocked. again, this construction is expected to lift around the 5:00 hour. live look at 76 at spring garden, free and clear of any problems on 76, the whole expanse, as well as any of the majors in our area. and the ben franklin bridge, live look at it. if you're headed westbound, keep in mind because of extended patco track work, the center and left-hand lanes are blocked. but other than that, your area bridges look good and mass transit is running on or close to schedule. chris? in california, a wildfire is burning out of control. firefighters were beginning to get the upper hand, but then something unexpected happened which caused this fire to explode. we'll tell you about it. plus, the tradition continues. we'll introduce you to the new miss america, just crowned in atlantic city last night.
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we're now hearing from the family of british aide worker david haynes, beheaded over the weekend by the militant group isis. they released this video over the weekend, similar to the beheadings of american journalists foley and sotloff. haynes was kidnapped in syria last year. his family spoke about his death. >> guilt. we prayed in our own way. unfortunately, it was not in our hands. it was not in the hands of the government. it was in the hands of terrorists. >> and now that terrorist group, isis, is threatening the life of another british hostage, allen henning, this man here. yesterday, the obama administration said several arab
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nations have offered to join air strikes against the islamic state in syria and iraq. now to this developing story in california. this wildfire continues to burn out of control, forcing more than 100 homes to be evacuated. hundreds more people may need to leave. the fire started saturday and quickly grew yesterday when it reached a canyon filled with thick, dry brush. pulitzer prize-winning "philadelphia inquirer" cartoonist tony auth has died. auth, who lived in win wood, died yesterday after a battle with brain cancer. he was a mainstay on the editorial page for 40 years. he resigned in 2012 to become a digital artist. here are a few examples of the thousands of political cartoons drawn by auth over the years. he started in 1971, won the pulitzer in '76. his sketches stirred political and social debate. he leaves behind his wife and two children. tony auth was 72 years old. a special dedication for a fallen police officer from bucks
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county on what would have been his 37th birthday. ♪ a stretch of route 263 in bucks county was renamed the bradley m. fox memorial highway in honor of the plymouth township police officer. fox was killed in the line of duty in 2012. his canine partner was also shot but survived and now lives with fox's family. >> through his military career to his law enforcement career, he was dedicated. this community remembers. and especially to his family and his children and his wife, we say thank you for your continuing service. >> brad fox served in the marines before becoming a police officer, and he did two tours of duty in iraq. happening today, supporters of medical marijuana in pennsylvania are holding a rally in harrisburg. the group is pushing for action on a medical marijuana bill at the state capitol building. of course, the legislature returns from its summer break today. lawmakers have said that the proposal has broad support in
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the senate and that the decision will soon be made if they will move forward on a full vote. well, more than 1,000 people raised millions of dollars in the susan g. komen three-day walk to fight breast cancer. [ cheers and applause ] all that pink on display. nbc 10 was in south philadelphia as the 60-mile walk came to a close sunday. hundreds of people decked out in their finest pink walked from willow grove to the navy yard to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. some walked in memory of survivors, others to honor loved ones lost to the disease. >> what brings you here? >> to support my sister-in-law. she spent a lot of time and effort raising money and spent the weekend walking, so we want to be here for her. >> this is awesome. this year's three-day walk ra e raised $3.8 million for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. congratulations to all who took part. happening today, more love for the taney dragons. can you believe it?
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taney's little league team will be honored at the pennsylvania state capitol. they will be recognized on the house floor this afternoon. taney, of course, had that magical run in the little league world series last month, making it to the semifinals in the american division. star pitcher mo'ne davis went on to make numerous tv appearances. i think she's still making them. the dragons were named team of the year by the philadelphia sports writers association. for the third year in a row, the miss america crown has been captured by miss new york. >> it's a three-peat, miss new york! >> that's kira kazantsev being crowned on the stage at boardwalk hall in atlantic city last night. kazantsev will begin traveling this week. she'll log about 20,000 miles during her year-long reign as miss america, speaking out against domestic violence.
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good morning. make sure you grab a jacket before you head out the door. we are going to see a very cool start to your monday morning, temperatures well below average, both in the morning and as we head into the afternoon. so, cool start. that's our first weather headline. plenty of sunshine expected for us today, then fall-like temperatures settling in for the rest of your workweek. for philadelphia right now, 54 degrees, humidity's at 77%. wind speeds out of the north-northwest at 7 miles per hour. and across the area we're in the low 40s for the poconos, 45 degrees in allentown, 43 in quakertown, 47 degrees in pottstown, 54 in philadelphia. that's one of the warmer spots. murfreesboro at 47 degrees. same thing for mt. holly. temperatures closer to the shore much warmer. take a look at avalon at 58 degrees. we're at 57 in atlantic city. and at the atlantic city airport, 50 degrees. dover in the low 50s this morning. our average for this time of year, 80 degrees. instead, we're going to be about five degrees below average today and tomorrow, staying in the
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mid-70s. so, it feels more like fall versus the last week of summer. quiet on our radar here. high pressure's going to rebuild, but we are going to see clouds increasing as we head into our overnight hours, and then also we'll even see showers, but that will not be until tomorrow. so, as we go through the day, plenty of sunshine. then tonight we'll see an increase in our clouds, first to the west, and then eventually stretching into the east. and by 4:00 a.m., we are dealing with the chance of light rainfall from the poconos stretching down to allentown and philadelphia. and these showers are going to stick around for your morning commute tomorrow. today you're dry, you're fine. so, for today, sunny and nice. by tuesday, early showers expected, but our temperatures are still going to stay down below average. then heading into wednesday, sunny and cool, 72 degrees. by the rest of your workweek, we'll drop down lower to 70 degrees by friday. it's 4:21 now on your monday morning. usually at this time, overnight construction projects can present some delays on the roads. let's see if that's the case this morning with nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter katy zachry.
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katy? >> right, chris. it's not even close to that time where they're going to start to lift. we'll see that in the next hour or hour and a half. so, there is some construction to tell you about, but first, your majors in the area are free and clear of any problems, which is really nice. this is route 309 at the pennsylvania turnpike. no issues to report here. some of that construction we were talking about. this is in upper merion. south gulph road between church road and hayley jackson way. an alternate is henderson road. there is a downed pole and some police activity that's been out there since early, early this morning, and it's still out there. so, you're going to want to be mindful of that. also, route 422 eastbound, the ramps to and from armand hammer boulevard, they are closed until november because of some construction. so, you're going to want to avoid that area. and then also heading into bucks county, new town township between route 532, durham road and linton hill road, they are doing some pipe repair work, so an alternate around that is linton hill road. chris? did he or didn't he? some phillies fans and at least
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one umpire say jonathan papelbon made a crude gesture at the crowd during yesterday's game. papelbon says he was doing something else. you'll hear his story. plus, a great big problem at great adventure. find out what knocked out power to the rides, bringing the theme park to a stop.
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a faulty transformer is blamed for a power outage at six flags great adventure in ocean county yesterday. this is video and some photos that nbc 10 viewers sent to us after the power went out yesterday afternoon, leaving some people stuck on rides for up to 20 minutes. now, only part of the park was affected, but all rides had to be stopped as a precaution. speaking of meltdowns, phillies closer jonathan
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papelbon is under fire this morning after a meltdown on the mound in what some say was an obscene gesture to the fans. papelbon gave up four runs in the ninth inning. as he walked to the dugout, he made a gesture towards the crowd, as some of the fans were booing. the umpire, joe west, ejected papelbon from the game. then papelbon got in the ump's face. he says he wasn't doing what the ump accused him of doing. >> yeah, he basically came over and said that i did an inappropriate gesture and i had no clue what he was talking about. and that's when i got upset. i had no idea what he was talking about. >> papelbon said he wants to file a complaint against the ump. and you're taking a live look at the philadelphia skyline. we are going to see a cool start to the morning, temperatures will stay below average as we head into the rest of today, in
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the mid-70s. i'll let you know if we have a warm-up on the way. katy. good morning, brittney. a live look at cherry hill, 295 near route 70. traffic is moving fine in both directions. no major issues on any of our majors to report. there is some overnight construction i'll tell you about when i see you in about five minutes. and back on track, finally. the final work that will change rush hour for commuters thrown off the rails by hurricane sandy.
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fluzone high-dose vaccine is approved for people 65 and older. it's not for anyone who's had a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine component, including eggs, egg products, or to a prior dose of any flu vaccine. tell your doctor if you've had guillain-barré syndrome. side effects include pain, swelling and redness at the injection site; muscle aches, fatigue, headache and fever. other side effects may occur. if you have other symptoms or problems following vaccination, call your doctor immediately. vaccination may not protect everyone. so if you hopped around the clock, ask your health care provider about fluzone high-dose vaccine. fluzone high-dose vaccine. the philadelphia school district is counting on a cigarette tax to help balance its budget. this morning, local lawmakers
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talk about the bill. and we're following this new from overnight. a row home fire in philadelphia that sent nearly a dozen people scrambling for safety. and a live look outside, center city. grab a light jacket if you're headed out the door. it's kind of chilly out there this morning. it's 4:30. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. yeah, it might not hurt if that light jacket were a little heavier, even. because yeah, amazingly chilly out this morning. brittney shipp in for bill this morning. and we're off to a cool start and we'll remain really below average all week, right? >> that's right. fall-like temperatures settling in for us this entire week, and we got an early taste even on sunday with temperatures staying in the high 60s. so, a live look outside right now. mostly clear skies, which will give way to mostly sunny skies. a nice day on tap, but you probably need a scarf, a light jacket, especially in the morning and as you head into the rest of the afternoon. for philadelphia, 54 degrees, but we're seeing cooler temperatures and our temperatures into the 40s. light wind speeds from the


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